Where’s safe to travel?
To help you when making your next travel plans, we have brought together all of the vital travel information relevant to UK travellers at this current time, so that your next unique escape can be as effortless as possible. We understand that the frequent changing of travel guidelines combined with Covid-19 regulations can be rather challenging to keep up with. It can actually leave people feeling rather lost and overwhelmed. Your safety and ease of travel is our utmost priority, so we closely follow all FCO advice and recommendations to ensure that your travel plans are safe and secure to give you real peace of mind.
New UK Travel Updates
Following the most recent update from the government, the rules for international travel to England changed as of 4am on Monday October 4th 2021. England moved from the old traffic light system (with red, amber and green list countries) to a single Red List of countries with simplified travel rules for arrivals from the rest of the world. These simplified travel rules are dependent on your vaccination status. These changes currently only apply to England; guidance on the travel restrictions relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be accessed here. If you need any help organising your travel plans, get in contact with our talented team who will be more than happy to help.
The above infographic is a simplified explanation of the rules on what to do when travelling back to the UK. Pre-departure testing and passenger locator forms are done prior to arriving back in the UK, whilst the sections covering self-isolation, managed quarantine, PCR testing, further testing and test-to-release relate to once you have arrived back in the UK. The rows are colour categorised to correspond to the rules for arrival back from red list countries and the rest of the world (red row = rules for returning from red list countries, and the green row = rules for returning from any country not on the red list). These rules are dependent on your vaccination status.
Steps for safe travel
- Check rules and advice for the country or territories you are going to
- Check rules for return to your home country
- Book any required tests and hotel quarantine packages
- Regularly check foreign travel advice
UK’s New Travel System
It’s a very exciting time in the tourism industry, as the previous traffic light system for travel has now been replaced by a much simpler two-tiered system with the simple categorisation of ‘Red List’ countries and then the ‘Rest of the World’. This means there are minimal restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers returning from countries on the ‘Rest of the World’ list (including the removal of pre-departure tests for those leaving the UK).
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to take a pre-departure PCR test (within the 3 days prior to your return), book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests after you arrive back, as well as completing a passenger locators form. The main criteria for countries being placed on the Red travel list will be the development or prevalence of variants of concern.
Where is safe to travel if I am fully vaccinated?
If you can provide evidence of your fully vaccinated status, you will be able to travel to any country not on the ‘Red List’ list with minimal restrictions on arrival and return. We are just as excited as you that travel is finally opening back up again, and we are eager to help send you safely on your way to a well-deserved dream break for a late 2021/22 holiday. Therefore, we have helpfully gathered all the relevant information for you on the countries on the ‘Rest of the World’ list and their entry requirements.
What counts as fully vaccinated?
Most countries will only consider you fully vaccinated once you are 14 days past the final dose of your given vaccine (your 2nd dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Janssen vaccine). If you will not be 14 days past your final dose of vaccination by the time you arrive at your destination, you may be denied entry. You should check the approved vaccinations lists for each country you are travelling to.
Proving your vaccination status
Most countries will require proof of your vaccination status in order to grant you entry. There are several ways you can do this which include showing your NHS Covid Pass and having a formal letter written from your doctor confirming your vaccination status. The type of proof required varies depending on the country, as some countries have not approved the NHS Covid Pass as proof of full vaccination just yet.
Safe Destinations (Go List)
Fully vaccinated travellers: Individuals who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to take a pre-departure PCR test two days before returning to the UK from any country not on the Red List. You must still take a PCR test two days after arrival, and complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours prior to arrival in England. You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.
Not fully vaccinated: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to take a pre-departure PCR test (within the 3 days prior to your return), book and pay for day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests after you arrive back, as well as completing a passenger locators form.
Here is the list of the countries not on the UK’s Red List, with some additional information on their individual entry requirements which you may find helpful. It is very important that you check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to, as they may still require you to provide evidence of Covid-19 test results and other documents to be granted entry to their country.
This information was up-to-date as of 11/10/2021
Red list countries (No-go)
Travel Guidance for Red List Countries: Considering that the Covid-19 virus is still spreading and on the rise in some areas of the world, the government heavily advises against travelling to red list countries, unless under exceptional circumstances. The rules for returning from Red list countries have remained the same as before October 4th. All individuals returning from countries on the red list, regardless of your vaccination status, must:
- Take a pre-departure Covid-19 test
- Complete a Passenger locator form
- Complete a mandatory 10 quarantine in an approved and pre-payed for quarantine hotel.
Here is the UK’s Red list countries, with some additional information on their individual entry requirements that you may find helpful.
This information was up-to-date as of 11/10/2021